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Benjamin, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield (“Dizzy”) 1804–81, British statesman and novelist: prime minister 1868, 1874–80.
Contemporary Examples

In the dusty corridors of power, Disraeli was an exotic orchid whose drag enlivened many a boring wet Monday.
Benjamin Disraeli: Dead Cool Simon Doonan September 29, 2009

But the essence of Disraeli’s genius as a courtier was his ability to make it all about her.
Bachelor Brad Womack’s Hidden Brilliance Nicole LaPorte February 19, 2011

Disraeli affectionately (and with irreverence that shocked everyone but la reine) referred to Victoria as the “Faery Queen.”
Bachelor Brad Womack’s Hidden Brilliance Nicole LaPorte February 19, 2011

Such are the f-stops on what Disraeli called “the greasy pole.”
Obama’s Awkward Group Photo Christopher Buckley November 16, 2008

Historical Examples

On a somewhat crucial occasion he quietly said: ‘I once asked Mr. Disraeli whether newspaper abuse was injurious to a public man.
The Earl of Mayo William Wilson Hunter

She is deep in Mr. Disraeli’s novels, and quotes Mr. Gladstone’s Homer.
Modern Women and What is Said of Them Anonymous

This last feature of their ministerial character was most especially exemplified in the commons by Mr. Disraeli.
The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III. E. Farr and E. H. Nolan

Disraeli challenged O’Connell’s son, who failed to accept the challenge.
Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 4 of 8 Various

For Dickens, like the young men of the time—Disraeli, Bulwer, and the rest—was a great fop.
Life of Charles Dickens Frank Marzials

It was not with cordiality that the Conservatives submitted to Disraeli’s direction.
Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 4 of 8 Various

Benjamin, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield. 1804–81, British Tory statesman and novelist; prime minister (1868; 1874–80). He gave coherence to the Tory principles of protectionism and imperialism, was responsible for the Reform Bill (1867) and, as prime minister, bought a controlling interest in the Suez Canal. His novels include Coningsby (1844) and Sybil (1845)


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